First NWU TEDx talk homes in on local issues

Belinda Bantham -- Tue, 04/09/2019 - 08:36

First NWU TEDx talk homes in on local issues

The North West province is hungry for ideas and needs a coordinated response from all stakeholders to bring about much-needed change in the lives of the province’s residents.

This is according to Premier Job Mokgoro, one of the speakers at the recent inaugural TEDx event that took place on the North-West University’s (NWU’s) campus in Mahikeng.

Themed “Pathways”, this event aimed to get conversation going on how the North West province could come together, learn from its rich history and take bold steps forward for the improvement of the province and its communities.

TED is a nonpartisan non-profit organisation devoted to spreading ideas, usually in the form of short, powerful talks. TED began in 1984 as a conference where technology, entertainment and design converged, and today covers almost all topics — from science to business to global issues — in more than 110 languages. Independently run TEDx events help share ideas in communities around the world. These live talks on local issues are video-taped and made accessible to everyone around the world.

TEDx ambassador for Southern Africa, Keloabetswe Kubu, says the focus of the event was on learning about all cultures and taking the opportunity to tap into new ideas. "We film the TEDx talks and load them on the internet, and we hope to include more video clips about agriculture, health and mining, among others in future."

"TEDx relies on community support. We hope the university and the North West community will show their support and contribute to the TEDx programme," she says.

Premier Mokgoro also highlighted the importance of the NWU being associated with the event. “Innovation hubs – as a worldwide practice – flourish when they are based at universities, and we welcome the university’s involvement.”

Another speaker at the event, Chief Justice of South Africa Mogoeng Mogoeng, highlighted the critical role that women play in society. He said it is important for everyone to have a mind shift and to uplift each other. "Do we even care about our neighbours? There's an insatiable appetite for money – let’s not forget about the people that makes our province and this country great.”

Chief Justice of South Africa, Mogoeng Mogoeng, delivers a talk at the inaugural TEDx NWU event in Mahikeng.